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Earls Court pensioners ask PM to block demolition of their homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Development, Housing

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Pensioners living on the West Kensington Estate in Earls Court have written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to intervene in the demolition of their homes.

Signed by a dozen residents in their 70s and 80s and one over 90, the letter was delivered to Downing Street today by one of the signatories, Derek Dyball, accompanied by his grandson.

MP Andy Slaughter represented neighbours not well or strong enough to travel.

The West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates contain 760 homes that residents say are structurally sound and meet decent homes standards.

Overseen by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the £8 billion redevelopment will see the demolition of two housing estates and the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

In their letter to the Prime Minister, the senior residents explain: “Our daily thoughts now begin with the danger we fear of demolition and of being forced out.

"Our concerns revolve around whether we will survive the upheaval. We would not be able to cope either with moving or living somewhere else away from familiar surroundings, neighbours and friends. In our minds, what we face is not ‘regeneration’, but destruction, which is being imposed on us against our wishes.”

“We appeal to you to intervene to stop the council forcing us to move against our will. We have made our views known to the council. Despite the harm it will cause to us as elderly residents, they are pushing on regardless. Will you stand up for us? Will you make the Council reconsider decisions that destroy all that we have?”

The letter ends with an invitation for the prime minister to visit the senior residents in their homes.

Andy Slaughter: “This is a heartrending plea from elderly constituents of mine who have every right to be left in peace. I hope the prime minister will be moved by their plight and step in to help. At the very least he should visit them to see the situation for himself.”

We are currently awaiting a response from Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

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